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“Best Japanese restaurant we've been to” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kotaro

Kotaro
Av. Hotu Matua | (across from Aeropuerto Mataveri), Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
+56 9 6644 3068
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Ranked #1 of 38 Restaurants in Hanga Roa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
Description: See the rules of the restaurant before coming you will find in the blog This is a restaurant owned and run by one man. If you have the time, I promise you'll enjoy the food, music and ambience, if you are in a hurry, best to make a reservation. OPENING TIME Dinner time 18:00 - 22:30 Sunday Dinner time 18:00 - 22:30 only with reservation Thursday DAY OFF and for this month (November) also wednesday, because we'll in reconstruction so make a reservation ++We don't serve any desserts ++We only serve wine,beer and soft drinks, because we think is the best choice with your meal ++and by the design of the restaurant, by the other clients, by the type of food and by their parents, we prefer not to accept children. Except educated children know how to behave in a restaurant. I hope you understand.
Adelaide, Australia
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Best Japanese restaurant we've been to”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Both the restaurant and the chef are full of character and helped to make it a great night. We were a group of 3 and the chef hand picked our entree and mains based on questions he asked us of our favourite foods, no menu in site. All dishes were diverse and fantastic in flavour. I could not praise this restaurant high enough.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“EASTER ISLAND's FINEST”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Having travelled extensively in Japan, the cuisine paralleled any of the finest Japanese cuisine I've experienced. The Chef/Owner having lived in Japan is very passionate about his cooking and his establishment, and made our dining experience memorable. Good food takes time, and assuredly everything is freshly prepared from scratch. Quite honestly, I could have eaten there every night! Down the road from the airport, and a short walk from our hotel in Hanga Roa.

Kotaro most definitely is deserving of the #1 ranking restaurant on the Island. Ariagto!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stavanger
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Authentic Japanese food in the middle of the Pasific Ocean”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The owner is the cook and very proud of his little restaurant - and rightly so. It's by far the best Japanese food we've had outside Japan. The food is freshly prepared (including the pasta !) - which means that you have to wait a bit before you get your meal served. The kitchen is open-style so you can see the chef at work. The interior is made by the owner (amazing handicraft!) and when we ate there we were the only non-Asian guests :) The place is very popular to get there early or make a reservation.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“The best resturant in honga roa!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

My friend and me ate there 3 times in one trip!
The food is very good - we tried a few dishes - everything very good!
The chef is very profecional, and made our trip with his stories and attention.
We reccomand this resturant!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Very Good restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

this is a good Japanese restaurant in Hanga roa. The chef/owner knows his stuff which is immediately apparent when he comes to explain the menu and take your order. The setting is nice and the food was excellent. Service was also good. Would recommend. the chef worked in Japan for many years and really knows his stuff. By easter island standards, it is reasonably priced.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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